Tying big steelhead flies can be quite a satisfying experience if you normally tie a lot of smaller flies. After a couple hours work, there is a nice satisfying pile to admire. Martin shows us his Lady Gaga stinger pattern in this video, a fly that can surely fill space in a short time with the big fox hair wing. Martin uses a 25mm Waddington shank, but I personally prefer the Senyo style shanks. I make sure to also double back the wire to keep it secure, and Martyn’s technique ensures the wire won’t pull out on a big fish or snag.
You’ll want to make sure you have a brush on hand to take out some of the fox hair underfur, otherwise you’ll end up with an unruly head, and one that is at risk of slipping out. I use a piece of velcro glues on a popsicle stick, or an old toothbrush with the bristles cut low. You can save the underfur to make your own dubbing and blends. Remember, you will be tying 3 stacks of fox, and flash in a small area, so the less underfur, the better. It will also help shed water easier and allow the fly to move more fluidly in the water. I really like Martyn’s tying and the fact that he strives to make the fly more than adequately durable.
Lady Gaga Fly Pattern Recipe
Shank: Waddington shank or intruder shank rigged with a loop of intruder wire or fireline
Thread: Black 6/0
Butt: Hot pink ice dubbing
Tail: Hot pink floss
Ribbing: Copper wire
Body: Gold flat braid then blue spectra flash dubbing (heavy)
Hackle: Hot pink schlappen
Wing: Pink flash, pink Arctic fox, kingfisher blue fox, turquoise flashabou, copper (fiery brown) flashabou
Collar: Blue Guinea fowl
Top Wing: Black fox hair
Eyes: Jungle cock nail